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Dictionary definition for: Match

1. (n) lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction; "he always carries matches to light his pipe"

2. (v) be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; "The two stories don''t agree in many details" "The handwriting checks with the signature on the check" "The suspect''s fingerprints don''t match those on the gun"

3. (n) a formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete

4. (v) provide funds complementary to; "The company matched the employees" contributions"

5. (n) a burning piece of wood or cardboard; "if you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"

6. (v) bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one" "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?" "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"

7. (n) an exact duplicate; "when a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"

8. (v) be equal to in quality or ability; "Nothing can rival cotton for durability" "Your performance doesn''t even touch that of your colleagues" "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"

9. (n) the score needed to win a match

10. (v) make correspond or harmonize; "Match my sweater"

11. (n) a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect

12. (v) satisfy or fulfill; "meet a need" "this job doesn''t match my dreams"

13. (v) give or join in marriage

14. (n) a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

15. (v) set into opposition or rivalry; "let them match their best athletes against ours" "pit a chess player against the Russian champion" "He plays his two children off against each other"

16. (n) a pair of people who live together; "a married couple from Chicago"

17. (v) be equal or harmonize; "The two pieces match"

18. (n) something that resembles or harmonizes with; "that tie makes a good match with your jacket"

19. (v) make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching; "let''s equalize the duties among all employees in this office" "The company matched the discount policy of its competitors"

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